For me, art and gift giving have always gone together. I remember giving handmade gifts for birthdays and holidays from when I was a little kid, all the way up until recently. When you're an artist, giving away your art as gifts almost seems a no-brainer. It's low cost, it's meaningful, and most of the… Continue reading Giving Mixed Media Paintings as Gifts: Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Saturday, November 16, 2019 marked my participation in my first big community art show and let me tell you, it was a whirlwind. (It's why I haven't been posting on here as frequently). I was so busy getting everything ready to show! Now that it's done with, I thought it would be interesting/helpful to go… Continue reading Getting Ready for My First Big Art Show
Happy Halloween! I thought it would be fun to do a "scary" video just in time for Halloween. Of course, it had to be art related. So, I Googled Haunted artwork. And what should appear? A story I had never heard before about a piece of art that is allegedly The World's Most Haunted Painting… Continue reading Happy Halloween! New YouTube Video: The World’s Most Haunted Painting?
It's no secret that I love skulls. At Christmas, I have a tabletop tree that is decorated only in skull-themed items. I have skull coffee spoons. Yes, I am that person. So you can imagine my excitement when I rounded a corner at Michaels a few weeks back and there was an end display rack… Continue reading Using Halloween Art Supplies to Make an Abstract Mixed Media Painting
I threw myself wholeheartedly into mixed media art about 3 years ago. In that time, I've tried out a lot of supplies and paints or art mediums. Over time, I've found I have favorites that I reach for daily, while some others I don't use much. Below I rank my favorite mediums from least used… Continue reading I Rank My Top 7 Favorite Mixed Media Art Mediums
Developing my art style was one of the most frustrating processes I have gone through as an artist. Yes, really. Back in 2016, when I started really taking my art seriously, I was in several online classes and started following artists on Instagram and YouTube. One thing that really bothered me was seeing each artist's… Continue reading How I Developed My Current Mixed Media Art Style
Bold title, yes? The most important art advice you'll ever receive? I know what you might be thinking . . . really, Jaime? But hold up. How can I say I have the most important art advice? Well, it's because it actually doesn't come from me. It comes from you. YOU are the artist. You… Continue reading The Most Important Art Advice You’ll Ever Receive
One of the things my art mentor has pushed me to do is study and think about artists from history. I have even copied several historical paintings to get a feel for how those works were created and to understand that style of art. Now, younger me was not into this so much. I took… Continue reading 5 Artists From History Who Will Inspire Your Art